recommended Canon digital cameras
PowerShot S80 - see my personal comments at the bottom.
Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 22 August 2005.
launches the new look 8.0 Megapixel PowerShot S80
a leader in photographic and imaging technology, today
releases the 8.0 Megapixel PowerShot S80
– the new flagship to its S-Series PowerShot range.
The camera’s rich feature set includes a wide-angle
28-100 mm f/2.8-5.3 (3.6x) optical zoom lens incorporating
Canon’s UA lens technology, the same DIGIC II processor
found in Canon’s professional series digital SLRs
and an oversize 2.5” LCD. A striking, contemporary
finish complements the compact body of the camera, which
is considerably smaller than its predecessor – the
the first time in a digital compact, an EOS-style Multi
Control Dial is introduced to allow quick setting of menu
and shooting functions, as well as rapid scroll through
images during playback. Advanced features include real-time
histogram display, FlexiZone AF/AE with a freely movable
focus point and manual focus override, 21 shooting modes,
XGA quality video clips up to 1 GB in size and a new and
improved user interface with a newly designed and positioned
PowerShot S80 provides those serious about photography
with uncompromising specifications,” said Mogens
Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “Its
futuristic and compact design symbolises Canon’s
commitment to pushing the limits of what is possible in
this important segment.”
build, quality optics
sleek-looking S80 has been redesigned to give it a solid,
high quality build and a more ergonomic, compact body
that is over 8% smaller than its predecessor – despite
the camera’s improved performance. Its 28 - 100
mm f/2.8-5.3 (3.6x) optical zoom lens features Canon’s
advanced UA (Ultra High Refractive Index Aspherical) lens
technology, which allows for true wide-angle capability
without increasing camera size. The focal length range
expands to approximately 22.4 – 200 mm with the
new optional wide and tele-converter lenses.
power of 8.0 Megapixels plus DIGIC II
a sensor that includes a massive 8.0 Megapixels, the camera
produces images for detailed A3+ size prints, and gives
photographers more freedom to crop images.
advanced image processor, DIGIC II, has been incorporated
to increase the camera’s speed and responsiveness,
while also improving image quality. Auto focus speeds
are now up to 20% faster, and focusing performance in
low light has improved by around 1 stop, offering better
control in dim conditions. DIGIC II drives a 1.8 frames
per second continuous shooting speed, and supports 9-point
AiAF for fast, accurate focusing even when subjects are
not centred. FlexiZone AF/AE allows free scrolling anywhere
within the frame's auto focus area to select the desired
subject, for which exposure is weighted accordingly. Manual
focus selection is also possible.
USB 2.0 compatibility offers faster communication with
computers, speeding up file transfers.
level control and easy to use
camera’s smaller size has not compromised ease of
use. A new large 2.5” LCD is adjustable to one of
15 brightness levels and has a Quick-bright function to
facilitate shooting in sunny conditions. A real-time histogram,
which appears on the LCD monitor, has been incorporated
to allow the user to evaluate exposure easily when composing.
The selectable grid line display helps with composition
and levelling horizons.
a newly designed user interface, the S80 offers faster
and more intuitive operation. The Multi Control Dial allows
quick setting of menu and shooting functions, as well
as rapid scroll through images during playback. Conveniently,
the mode dial is now positioned so it can be better viewed
when composing shots. The camera’s Shortcut function
increases flexibility by allowing the Print/Share button
to be assigned to any one of a wide range of still image
or movie shooting setting functions.
enhanced image review, the jump to folder button now allows
jumping to the first image of specified folders. Folders
can be defined to be created automatically as specified
by the user, for example on a weekly basis, and now has
a capacity of up to 2000 images per folder.
My Colors … and movies
S80 incorporates a total of 21 shooting modes: in addition
to the full Manual mode and other creative zone modes
that photographers would expect on an S-Series camera,
9 new special scene modes have been incorporated. Helping
the user to effectively handle a wide range of situations,
these scene modes include Snow, Portrait, Underwater and
Digital Macro, plus others. Custom mode allows users allocate
preferred shooting settings.
Colors – located on the mode dial – allows
the expansion of creativity in digital photography. Special
effects, such as Color Swap or Custom Colors, which allows
users to select their preferred colour balance for any
given shot, can be performed in-camera and viewed on the
LCD while shooting stills and movies. These effects could
previously only be achieved using PC software after shooting.
movie shooting functions feature in the S80, including
a first for the market : a high resolution (1024 x 768,
15 fps) XGA movie mode, made possible by DIGIC II’s
processing speed. Movies in this mode can be up to 1GB
in size and are ideal for viewing full screen on a PC
or TV. High quality VGA (30/15 fps) movies with sound
or QVGA movies (30/15 fps) are also possible, and a compact
mode allows short clip capture at 160 x 120 for easy emailing.
range of accessories
complete range of optional accessories is available to
extend the functionality of the S80, including a new
Tele-converter 2.0x lens (TC-DC10) and new Wide-converter
0.8x lens (WC-DC10). Other accessories include:
Lens Adapter (LA-DC20)
Waterproof Case WP-DC1 – allowing the camera to
be taken to 40 m
High Power Flash HF-DC1
A new, more compact Battery Charger (CB-2LWE)
Convenient Car Battery Charger (CBC-NB2)
AC Adapter kit ACK-DC20 for mains power
The camera is compatible with MMC/SD cards, and comes
supplied with a 32 MB Canon SD card.
used in combination with Canon’s new Compact Photo
Printer SELPHY CP710 and Ink and Paper Set (KP-108IP),
prints can be produced for just 30 euro cents each. Printing
via a SELPHY CP Series Printer also allows the user to
print handy ID Photo Prints and Movie Prints.
connected to the latest range of PictBridge compatible
PIXMA printers, users can take advantage of image enhancement
features such as Noise Reduction, Vivid Photo, Face Brightener
and Captured Info print, which prints shooting data such
as shutter speed, aperture and shooting mode within the
images without having to connect to a PC is kept simple
with the Print/Share button, which also acts as an easy
upload button for Windows XP and Mac OS X.
S80 comes bundled with a comprehensive software suite,
including Canon’s browsing and image management
software ZoomBrowser EX 5.5 (Windows) and ImageBrowser
5.5 (Mac), easy printing software PhotoRecord 2.2 and
PhotoStitch 3.1 for creating stunning panoramas. Also
included is the photo manipulation software, ArcSoft PhotoStudio.
of the cameras are eligible for membership of CANON iMAGE
GATEWAY , which offers 100MB of online space for uploading
and sharing images.
operating systems are Windows 98 (SE), Me, 2000 (SP4),
XP (SP1/2) and Mac OS X v10.2-v10.3. The cameras support
PTP for driverless transfer to supported Windows XP or
Mac OS X systems.
PowerShot S80 specifications - to come.
Personal comment about Canon
am using the Canon Powershot S80 digital camera as a daily
follower in my pocket or convenience bag to have a decent
camera with me all the time when I am not carrying my
big camera bag with extensive Canon equipment. I am very
happy with the potential of this rather small digital
camera from Canon. It provides high quality digital files,
if not in raw format, and is nice to handle with a good
finish and 'feel. A highly recommended digital camera
for the serious photographer without the need for special